The Hungarian Central Bank is honoring a milestone for the Budapest
Zoo and Botanical Garden with two 2016 coins.
The Brilliant Uncirculated nickel-brass 2,000-forint and Proof
silver 10,000-forint coins honor the zoo’s 150th anniversary.
Both coins are rectangular in shape, with a vertical format for the
designs, emphasizing some of the animals found in the zoo.
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The Budapest Zoo, the first zoo in Hungary, was opened Aug. 9, 1866.
The commemorative coins are legal tender. Both coins are issued with
identical designs, with the exception of the numerals that identify
the face value.
The obverse features a swimming Eastern white pelican, an indigenous
bird of the Carpathian Basin, with one of the emblematic buildings of
the zoo — the Australia House (the former Aviary) designed by Károly
Kós — in the background. The front also features the silhouette of a
pelican sitting on a naked tree. The mandatory design elements are
also on the front: the inscription MAGYARORSZÁG, the 10,000 or 2,000
numerals, the inscription FORINT, the Mint mark BP, and the year of
New this year on Hungarian commemorative coins is the appearance of
security features in the mint mark.
The letters B and P are present in microlettering visible only when
magnified at least 10 times. This feature offers protection against
the counterfeiting of the commemorative coins, according to the bank.
The reverse of the coin features a Southern white rhinoceros and her
calf, facing each other, a nod to the outstanding successes achieved
by the zoo in its propagation program, as a result of which the first
rhinoceros calf conceived through artificial insemination was born in Hungary.
The background of the reverse design features the Big Cliff of the
Budapest Zoo and Botanical Garden (the work of sculptors Gyula Benke
and Josef Botti, and engineer Gyula Végh).
The inscription 150 ÉVES AZ ÁLLATKERT in the upper part of the back
and the years 1866–2016 in the lower part refer to the 150th
anniversary of the zoo. The signature mark of Gábor Kereszthury, the
designer, is in the lower left corner of the coin.
Both coins are 26.4 millimeters wide and 39.6 millimeters tall.
The nickel-brass coin weighs 27 grams, and the Proof .925 fine
silver piece weighs 31.46 grams.
A maximum mintage of 3,000 of the silver coins are available during
a three-month sales period, while a maximum of 10,000 base metal
examples are available for sale indefinitely.
American distributor Coin & Currency Institute offers the BU
coin for $19.50 and the silver coin for $59.50.
To order, visit the firm’s website.